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The majority of the world's Christians now live outside Europe and North America, and global Christianity is becoming increasingly diverse. Interest in the history and theology of churches in non-western contexts is growing rapidly as 'old world' churches face this new reality. This book focuses on how Asian Christian theologies have been shaped by the interaction of Christian communities with the societies around them and how they relate to the specific historical contexts from which they have emerged. The distinctiveness of Asian Christianity is shown to be the outcome of dealing with various historical challenges. Questions addressed include:
How does Asian Christianity relate to local socio-cultural, religious and political environments?
What is distinctive about the historical development of Asian theologies?
How have Asian theologies contributed to contemporary theological discussions within world Christianity?
Preface and Acknowledgements xi
I Formation of Christian Theologies in Asia 1
1 Introduction: mapping Asian Christianity in the context of world Christianity David M. Thompson 3
2 The Mystery of God in and through Hinduism Jacob Kavunkal 22
3 Waters of life and Indian cups: Protestant attempts at theologizing in India Israel Selvanayagam 41
4 From abandonment to blessing: the theological presence of Christianity in Indonesia John A. Titaley 71
5 Studying Christianity and doing theology extra ecclesiam in China Choong Chee Pang 89
6 Christian theology under feudalism, nationalism and democracy in Japan Nozomu Miyahira 109
7 The Word and the Spirit: overcoming poverty, injustice and division in Korea Sebastian C. H. Kim 129
II Theological Themes of Christianity in Asia 155
8 Religious pluralism, dialogue and Asian Christian responses M. Thomas Thangaraj 157
9 Cross-textual hermeneutics and identity in multi-scriptural Asia Archie C. C. Lee 179
10 Re-constructing Asian feminist theology: toward a glocal feminist theology in an era of neo-Empire(s) Namsoon Kang 205
11 The ecumenical movement in Asia in the context of Asian socio-political realities S. Wesley Ariarajah 227
12 Mission and evangelism: evangelical and pentecostal theologies in Asia Hwa Yung 250
13 Subalterns, identity politics and Christian theology in India Sathianathan Clarke 271